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Wiles earns state ag title

August 23, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

Sara Wiles, Washington County's first Agriculture Ambassador, won the state title Friday night in a competition with 20 other contestants at the Maryland State Fair.

"It's exciting," the 16-year-old Clear Spring High School senior said by telephone after the competition. Her entire family was in attendance to see her win except for one brother who stayed home for football practice, she said.

Sara's mother, Vickie Beckley Wiles, was Farm Queen for both Washington County and Maryland in 1981. The title Farm Queen was changed this year to Agriculture Ambassador.

During her year as Maryland Agriculture Ambassador, Sara will tour Maryland and address the Maryland General Assembly.

"It was a two-day competition at the state fair level," Sara said Friday night. "The judging was a lot like a job interview."

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Friday night, the contestants gave a 90-second speech and answered a question drawn from a fish bowl. Sara said her question was about preparing her animals for show.

The Washington County Farm Bureau crowned Sara Wiles as its last Farm Queen and first Agriculture Ambassador during the Aug. 2 ceremony at Washington County Ag Expo.

Contestants at the state fair wore blazers and dress slacks or skirts.

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